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William Mooney

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Case Study: William Mooney, Recycling Operative - Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

Returning to the working world after a decade would be daunting for anyone, but for William Mooney it was the step he needed to take. William had been unable to work after suffering a pro lapsed disc and had faced the added pressure of dealing with dyslexia.
William Mooney
Having previously worked in London for nearly 30 years in the engineering sector, William decided that with the help of the Positive Directions Programme he now wanted to develop and utilise his career portfolio and step back into a job.

He joined the programme not only to gain employment, but to develop valuable skills including the creation of a new CV, guidance on how to effectively job search, completion of application forms and practice in participating in interviews.

William was invited for interview within a few weeks of joining the programme and successfully secured a full-time role with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council as a recycling operative.

Speaking about his experience, William said: “I am honestly delighted to be employed in a permanent role. Without the help and support of the programme and the team at Clanrye Group I don’t think I would be here! They helped me to gain confidence in using technology such as the internet and how to reply to emails, which I had avoided learning until then! Even during lockdown Clanrye kept in touch with me through phone calls, continually encouraging me and supporting me in my applications.”

“This job has given me a new lease of life and provided me with a real focus during Covid-19. I was lucky to be able to get out to work, have a routine and engage in socially distanced contact with others. I hadn’t taken part in an interview process for some time, meaning the refresher points and guidance provided to me from my support worker was invaluable.”

Speaking on behalf of the Positive Directions Programme, support worker Brian Hughes also spoke of his delight regarding William’s achievements: “Securing permanent employment is a massive accomplishment at any age especially when you have to battle setbacks along the way. William has been a pleasure to work alongside and support his attitude and commitment to get back out to work is inspirational and I wish him every success with Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.”

William Mooney
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council also commented on William’s success so far and his manager Richard Fleming said: “William started his employment with us in April 2020, right in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic and proved his work ethic from the very start. He carries out a range of duties including driving a refuse lorry, street cleansing and litter picking and he is always more than willing to go above and beyond what is expected of him in agreeing to cover sick leave and holidays for other colleagues.”

“Customer care and attention to detail are two of Williams’s strong points and I am delighted to say I continually receive positive feedback from those he works with.”

This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy.


This case study is part of the ‘Making it Work’ project – a partnership project with the Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment which aims to highlight the employment support services available to disabled people in Northern Ireland.

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